The ethics of AI

On computational ethics

While I was writing my post about artificial intelligence and aggression, an odd thought occurred to me. When we discuss the ethics of artificial intelligence, we’re typically discussing the act of creating (programming, training, and deploying) AI systems. But there’s another way to look at this. What kind of ethics is amenable to computation? Can ethical decision-making be computable? I wasn’t quite serious when I wrote about AIs deriving Asimov’s Laws of Robotics from first principles—I really doubt that’s possible. In particular, I doubt that AIs will ever be able to “learn” the difference between humans and other things: dogs, rocks, or, for that matter, computer-generated images of humans. ….[READ]